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Lawson Plays Well With Others
Lawson Software announced general availability for six more components of its E-commerce suite of applications. Lawson is a mid-market ERP vendor that has

healthcare edi jobs  vertical industry strength in healthcare, retail, and professional services, Lawson has made an all-out effort to establish itself as a force in E-commerce. The Lawson Collaborative Commerce Suite is a collection of applications and interfaces that allow companies to build B2B or B2C suites. The new releases include credit card payment services, storefront construction, auction support, enterprise directory management, and two interconnection modules. One of the modules specifically provides a bridge

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Compare Software Solutions

Visit the TEC store to compare leading software by functionality, so that you can make accurate and informed software purchasing decisions.

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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SaaS Buyer's Guide for Wholesale and Distribution


SaaS, despite its phenomenal popularity, is certainly not one-size-fits-all. You need to consider decision criteria such as fit, return on investment, and risk. Learn how SaaS works, who the major vendors are, how SaaS can help your business grow, and how to find the SaaS solution that’s right for you. It’s all in this comprehensive SaaS Buyer’s Guide for Wholesale and Distribution from TEC and SupplyChainBrain.

From a business requirements perspective, the defining characteristic of wholesale and distribution (W&D) organizations is that they operate as intermediate agents between manufacturers and retailers. Their top business needs thus focus on requirements for:

  • processing high volumes of transactions,
  • maintaining constant communication between upstream and downstream collaborators (manufacturers and retailers/customers, respectively), and
  • managing products for multiple competitors within the same warehouse or distribution center

In this guide we will explore considerations for W&D organizations that are considering adoption of the SaaS delivery model, and examine the particular business issues that arise from this change.Specifically, we will address the following considerations:

  • the differences between SaaS and on-premise delivery models
  • SaaS architectures
  • SaaS pros, cons, and other considerations
  • selection criteria for SaaS-based applications
  • viable wholesale and distribution SaaS vendors

Later in this guide, we’ll provide examples of SaaS delivery model success stories, as well as a SaaS IT directory, segmented according to business area.


Table of Contents


Preface

Software as a Service: A Buyer’s Guide


Spotlight on Adaptability and Agility

Thought Leadership from SAP
SAP’s Perspective on Software as a Service

SAP Case Study
Johnson Products Capitalizing on New Sales after 30-day SAP Deployment


Spotlight on Manufacturing and Distribution

Thought Leadership from Epicor
SaaS ERP for Small Manufacturers and Distributors

TECSYS Case Study
LifeScience Logistics Achieves 99.97% Inventory Accuracy with TECYS’ EliteSeries for Healthcare


Spotlight on Growing Your Company with SaaS

Thought Leadership from NetSuite
The Benefits of a Business Management Software Suite for High-growth and Midsized Businesses: Overcoming the Barriers of Stand-alone Business Applications

NetSuite Case Study
Woodworking Machinery Maker Cuts Costs, Grows Efficiency with NetSuite

NetSuite Case Study
NetSuite Helps Manufacturer Take Advantage of Fast Market Growth


Spotlight on Distribution Centers

Thought Leadership from Bond International Software
Cloud Computing for Your Distribution Workforce

IBS Case Study
Konaflex Focuses on its Core Business with IBS Distribution Management Software


Vendor Directory


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What Are the Differences between the SaaS and On-premise Delivery Models?



Defining the on-premise delivery model is relatively straightforward:

  • The software is acquired by the customer up-front.
  • The software is installed, deployed, managed, and maintained at the customer’s site, generally with a great degree of involvement by the customer.
  • The customer provides the in-house infrastructure (e.g., servers, hardware, networks) to support the software.


Defining the SaaS model is slightly more complex, since different SaaS vendors offer different definitions. We’ll explore these variations in more detail shortly, but for now we’ll note the following SaaS characteristics:

  • The software vendor provides customers with access to the software via the Internet.
  • The customer pays for this service on a subscription basis (normally per user, per month, or per number of transactions).
  • The vendor is responsible for maintenance, upgrades, and software support, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

The major difference between the on-premise and SaaS delivery model lies in the ownership of the software. In the on-premise model, once the software is purchased, the customer owns it. In the SaaS delivery model, the software is not owned by the customer: it is provided to the customer in the same manner as any other service.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2010 SaaS Buyer’s Guide for wholesale and distribution.

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Innovative Healthcare Company Drives Business Performance with SumTotal


When Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) had concerns about the effectiveness of performance evaluation process, it sought to increase workforce productivity by aligning corporate and individual goals that would result in improved business performance. FCHP selected SumTotal’s integrated talent management platform and gained substantial improvement in performance evaluations from the previous year, among other benefits.

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Apria Health Care Moves to ForceTen by Eedo Knowledgeware


Delivering full-service home care services to over 1.5 million people in the US was challenging enough for Apria Healthcare. Added to that was the need to meet government and industry regulations and maintain the highest standards of skills and knowledge. To overcome these challenges, Apria implemented a learning content management system (LCMS) that has helped the company deliver the rapid training it was looking for.

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Changing the Paradigm in Healthcare Information Technology-Becoming Proactive and Moving Into the Home


Demands for care from an ageing population necessitate a paradigm shift across the health care ecosystem to support a sustainable approach to improving and integrating high-quality patient care across multiple stakeholders. Providers can lead these initiatives by being proactive, reaching out to their patient base, and facilitating care in the home. Read about how information technology can enable this paradigm shift.

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Thriving Data Connectivity Division of Negotium Technologies Acquired by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC)


Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has acquired the data connectivity and electronic data interchange (EDI) division of Negotium Technologies. The new division will operate as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of TEC as Connectivia. The acquisition is a major stepping stone for TEC in its continued plans for growth and expansion of services in 2015.

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Electronic Health Records as a Platform for Change


The use of electronic health records (EHR) has increased rapidly over the past few years, and the healthcare industry is turning to using this valuable infrastructure as a transformational platform to deliver higher quality, more efficient, and patient-centric care. This white paper argues that mapping the capabilities of EHR systems and the availability of EHRs as data sources to the strategic objectives of a healthcare organization—both business and clinical—is the key to extracting long-term value from from EHR data.

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Brave New World-Biometrics in HR


Human resources (HR) professionals often have to deal with errors in recording employees’ effectiveness while accomplishing their jobs. My colleague Ted Rohm gives an overview in this recent blog post of how biometrics can help with these HR challenges. He makes the case that biometrics technology is an option worth considering for certain aspects of business operations. As Ted mentions in his

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Secure Transport of EDI and XML for Trading Exchanges


IPNet Solutions adds support for the AS2 security standard to its product suite. IPNet builds products to link marketplace partners who use different data formats.

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Twenty Successful eMentoring and eLearning Strategies in Healthcare for Increasing Revenue, Decreasing Expenses, and Eliminating Regulatory Consequences


Every core business process and strategic initiative requires a human capital management (HMC) business strategy for execution; improvements made in HCM systems and processes can notably impact an organization’s bottom line. Mentoring programs and other models for integrating work and learning are exciting avenues for stimulating professional growth, career development, staff morale, and quality of care within the workplace.

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EdgeAX Announces Apparel PLM Solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX


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